Chile proves its green credentials with top accolades in The Green Awards

Each year The Drinks Business, one of the UK’s most read wine publications, announces which companies in the wine and drinks business went above and beyond in their green credentials that year. In 2016, a Chilean winery took home the most coveted award of all - Green Company of the Year - along with several other mentions for Chilean wine producers.

Chile’s second biggest winery, the VSPT Wine Group, took home Green Company of the Year, and the Renewable Energy Implementation Award. “Sustainability is woven into the ethos of Chilean giant VSPT and the company’s comprehensive approach to reducing its impact on the environment made it a clear winner,” said Drinks Business Editor, Patrick Schmitt.

“The opening of a Biogas Plant this year was an industry first, with the winery now generating electricity and natural fertilizer from its own vineyard’s waste material, but it has ticked a lot of other boxes – from lightweight packaging, to solar energy, biodiversity programmes to helping its suppliers with sustainability. As the judges pointed out, its significant reduction of water use in the vineyard is importantly for Chile, and there is evidence of large savings in the last 12 months.”

VSPT Wine Group was shortlisted with two other Chilean wineries, Concha y Toro and Viñedos Emiliana, for the prestigious Green Company of the Year Award.

Another Chilean winery, Montes, was acknowledged for its water management and came runner-up in the Water Management Award with a special commendation. Montes was praised for reducing its water footprint by 50%, which is enough to save water for the average annual consumption of 27,300 people.

Emiliana received a special commendation for their launch of their Organic Sparkling wine, as a runner-up in the Green Launch of the Year. The winery makes 1,000 cases of the organic sparkling wine made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its biodynamic estate in Casablanca.

Sustainability is one of the key pillars in the strategy for Wines of Chile and Chile's wine industry and these acknowledgements in The Drinks Business this month prove the far-reaching measures wineries are taking.

By Amanda Barnes